Addiction Counseling: Websites

This guide is designed to help students do research for Addiction Counseling classes, and to help anybody looking for credible sources of information about substance abuse, addiction, and alcohol and drug counseling.

AD 241 and AD 110 Recommended Web Sites

Portland-Specific Information

Portland Maps [website]
Information about housing value/vacancy (you have to put in a specific address), crime, DUI, child abuse (offense against family), and more.

City of Portland [website]

Associations and Organizations

Advanced Google Searching

One of the best features of Google's advanced search is the ability to limit your search to the areas of the web where the information is most reliable, such as education sites or government sites. The shortcut for this is to add site:edu or site:gov to your regular Google search.

For example, if you conduct an ordinary Google search for addiction counseling, most of your results will be commercial (.com) sites advertising treatment centers. If you search for addiction counseling site:gov , the top results (except for the sponsored ads) will be government sites such as the National institutes of Health and SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrations), which are authoritative, credible sources that are not trying to sell you anything. If you search for addiction counseling site:edu, your top results will be from colleges and universities.

Learn more Google Search tips from "6 Google Tricks That Will Turn You Into an Internet Detective" in the New York Times.

Government publications online

Treatment Improvement Protocols Series (TIP Series) from the US federal agency, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Click on the TIP title you want, then find the link to "Download Digital Version" on the next screen. For example:

  • TIP 59: Improving Cultural CompetenceUnderstand the role of culture in the delivery of substance abuse and mental health services, including racial, ethnic, and cultural considerations and the core elements of cultural competence.

National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of the US federal agency, National Institute on Health. For example: